GROW South Dakota to Present at National Rural LISC Conference

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GROW South Dakota will lead a panel discussion at the Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Seminar May 24-26, an annual national conference for rural community development professionals. This year’s seminar will be held in Washington, D.C., and will provide valuable insight into ways to improve our communities, and offer networking opportunities with rural colleagues from around the country.

GROW South Dakota CEO, Lori Finnesand, will be on a panel on small business development. “We have worked with Rural LISC for years,” said Finnesand. “GROW South Dakota was one of the first chartered members when Rural LISC was formed in 1995. We and the communities we serve have benefited from Rural LISC in many ways.”

Lisa Mensah, USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, will welcome attendees with a keynote address about rural issues and the USDA. Other highlights will include sessions about:

• Reinvesting in Rural America – a plenary featuring speakers from the Independent Bankers of America and the USDA.

• Small Business Development – a panel discussion by GROW South Dakota; Northern Initiatives in Marquette, MI.; Hope Enterprise Corporation in Jackson, MS.; and Communities United in Arkansas.

• Rural Creative Place Making – a panel featuring South Carolina Arts Commission; National Endowment for the Arts, Tucker County Development Authority in Thomas, WV; Dance Place, Washington, DC; and ArtPlace America, Brooklyn, NY.

“GROW South Dakota exemplifies the very best in innovative programming to their community, and we are delighted that they are attending this year’s seminar,” said Suzanne Anarde, Rural LISC Program vice president.